The demand for Internet domains did not slow down at the end of 2011. According to Verisign’s (NASDAQ:VRSN) third quarter 2011 Domain Name Industry Brief, there are now some 220 million registered domain names.
The new domain count milestone comes as the Internet prepares for a potential flood of new generic top-level-domains (TLDs).
While new TLDs will soon be on the scene, for the third quarter of 2011, .com and .net grew by a total of 7.9 million new registrations in the quarter. The third quarter tally is a 5.9 percent gain over the third quarter of 2010. There are now 112 million .com and .net registered domain names.
Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) also experienced growth during the quarter. According to Verisign, there are now 86.9 million ccTLDs, which is a 9.8 percent year-over-year increase. Currently the largest domains in terms of registered names are: .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .info, .tk (Tokelau), .nl (Netherlands),.ru (Russia) and .eu (European Union).